Summary: I owned several HD DVD/Blu-ray players and XA2 is the best player thanks to the Silicon Optix Reon HQV chip that makes SD DVD and HD DVD even better picture quality, plus this player can bitstream from Dolby Digital to dts-HD Master Audio via HDMI up to 7.1 channels. The Integra DHS-8.8 & Onkyo DV-HD805 is a clone of Toshiba HD-XA2.
Summary: We are more than satisfied with the ease of use and directions. The quality of the picture is sensational. We would certainly buy from Toshiba again.Amazon shipping was the fastest. We will be return customers.
Summary: People,Toshiba knows these units power off that's why they sold most of them to third party dealers so they didn't have to pickup the repair price.Believe me i know i can't tell you the person's name who informed me.
Summary: Just got my refurbised XA2, which I plan to use for watching mostly SD DVD's. I don't want to buy duplicates of HD DVD's or Blu Rays ( I have Sony BDP SE1) of DVD's that I own. I popped in my Crimson Tide DVD (which I bought 10 years ago). All I can say is WOW! I compared the PQ to my old DVD player and the XA2 just blows it away. More detail, richer colors and more contrast. Also the sound is unbelievable. More bass and the surround effect is amazing.
Summary: I bought one of these expensive units, in part for its great Reon processors, which do a wonderful job of upsampling regular DVDs. But my unit stopped being able to play HD DVD's soon after I got it. It just turns itself off randomly after 5 to 30 minutes. It still played regular DVDs, but then a few weeks later, the audio failed. It just blasts noise and is completely useless now.
Summary: I'm not going to go too much into the end of HD DVD and the format war. I'm just glad that Toshiba was able to get such a great product out. The REON chip can allow you to customize your settings to make all of your existing DVD collection look great. It's built like a tank and is just an all around attractive player. Do yourself a favor - if you can get one at a reasonable price, go ahead and grab one and scoop up some fire-sale HD DVDs in the process.
Summary: This is truly the best dvd player out there. I also have a Sony Blue Ray dvd player, but it lacks the sound and punch of the XA2, especially for upconverting standard dvds. the Silicon Optix Reon is just a super high end scaler. Please update firmware to 2.7, or 2.8 if you have a tv that is hdmi 1.3 that supports deep color 1080p/24. This player will not be outdated for many years to come. It is a jewel, and the price now is a steal.
Summary: I purchased this after HD DVD died, brand new (in Australia) with 11 HD DVD movies for $300. I purchased this unit, the XE1 it's called here, primarily as an upscaling DVD player and I am astounded how good this is playing DVD's. Having said that, because HD DVD movies are now so cheap, I have recently purchased many HD DVD movies and now have a small library, they are cheaper in Australia now than on Amazon!
Summary: this is a great product. It has a highly-regarded video processor inside. After making some picture-quality adjustments, I was surprised how well a DVD of the first season of Green Acres looks when played through this product. (This show was made over 40 years ago.) SD DVDs of recently-shot shows and movies look even better! The refurbished item was well-packaged and pristine looking.